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Everton strengthen youth ranks by signing Fulham midfielder

Craven Cottage youngster to join up with David Unsworth’s U23s

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Everton as always have an eye on the future, and have added another youngster to the ranks in David Unsworth’s Under-23 squad.

Fulham youth midfielder Dennis Adeniran became Everton’s final transfer of the summer window when the deal was officially confirmed earlier this morning.

The England U18 international has signed a five-year deal at Goodison Park through to the summer of 2021.

The Blues have invested heavily in the youth system this summer, signing Nathangelo Markelo, Boris Mathis, Josh Bowler, Lewis Gibson, and bringing back Anton Donkor on loan as well.

Adeniran played in five games for the Fulham senior side last season, including a goal on his debut against Leyton Orient in the EFL Cup. The 18-year-old has 19 England youth international appearances with one goal.

To get a better handle on Adeniran’s ability, we spoke to Andrew from SB Nation’s Fulham blog Cottagers Confidential.

He's a box to box kind of guy who can also play wide. He's played in some cup competitions for Fulham. He could maybe play for a Championship club that isn't trying to be promoted right now, if he's sniffing Everton's midfield this year, you have problems.

I'm not sure how much he has to learn at the youth level. He scored 5 goals in the PL2 last season, he honestly might be better served being loaned to a Championship or League One side.

The youngster appears to be a depth signing right now for the Blues youth side, but has certainly shown potential with his Three Lions selections, so let’s see how he turns out.